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Building connections to nature

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Local residents are being invited to form a natural connection with Newcastle’s coastline this summer.

City of Newcastle (CN) has coordinated numerous events during January to entertain and educate everyone, young and old.

A Marine Waste to Art workshop kicked off proceedings at Stockton earlier this month, with budding artists spending an hour walking along the beach.

Along the way, they collected debris before creating a masterpiece without relying on sticky tape and glue, while also learning about the impact of marine rubbish on our ocean and shores.

And, on Friday 19 January, the Natural Connection Program continued with a Hidden Life of Sand session.

Participants were offered a chance to join University of Newcastle (UoN) researchers at Nobbys Beach to observe the techniques scientists use to find creatures, before viewing them with a microscope.

“The initiative aims to encourage locals to take better care of our precious plants and animals, forming part of the Newcastle Environment Strategy, that was adopted in October last year,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“We know how much Novocastrians love their coastline.

“So, these activities are designed to support them being appreciative and help them become environmental stewards.

“Building connections to nature is a feature of our Newcastle Environment Strategy, which is a 10-year roadmap for a sustainable Newcastle, based on the priority areas of climate change, nature-based solutions and a circular economy.

“The program is an example of how strongly council is committed to protecting and enhancing our natural environment today and for future generations.”

Another Hidden Life of Sand session will take place at Stockton Beach on Monday 22 January.

Then, on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 January, the Rock Pool Ramble offers participants the chance to discover the range of fascinating marine life at the Cowrie Hole and see how these animals can survive in the intertidal zone using incredible adaptations.

The Cultural Connections workshop is scheduled on Monday 29 January at Stockton Beach Pavilion where people can engage with Worimi Traditional Custodians and take part in an archaeological dig to uncover artifacts and learn about preserving cultural heritage in a respectful way.

All events are free, but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

These events are for City of Newcastle residents, however if you reside outside the LGA you can be placed on a waitlist and contacted if tickets become available.

For more information and to book, visit: https://whatson.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/

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